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Deepwater Horizon: The BP oil spill

A question of ethics
by

Tino Fdu

on 22 February 2013

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Transcript of Deepwater Horizon: The BP oil spill

BP Problem Description BP Oil Crisis in the
Gulf of Mexico Engineering Ethics The End BP or British Petroleum is a British multinational oil and gas company headquartered in London England.
3rd largest energy company and 4th largest company in the world
operates in 80 countries The Players America
- Florida, Mississippi
Mexico
- Gulf of Mexico

-The Deepwater Horizon was a 9-year-old semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit
- Workers complaints
- 9:45 pm on April, 2010, explosion
- 11 workers missing
- April 22 sank
static kill Investigation The National Commission on the Spill
5 January 2011
BP, Halliburton, Transocean worked at cheaper cost
Decisions made contributed to Macondo explosion
Concluded the incident was avoidable

US Government Report
September 2011
Primarily blamed BP, Transocean and Halliburton partial blame
Faulty cement job as the main cause Aftermath Marine and coastal bodies
Health and mental issues
Negative economic affect from the fishers
Obama's energy policy

Globally it was on the major networks - National Geographic Channel, cover of Time Magazine “Ethics is not a doctrine to be followed but a way of life in search of a fair position to be taken towards certain and towards uncertain.”
duty of care
safety to public and environment
decision on inconclusive information from the negative test.
rights of employees Lessons learned never underestimate risks
engineering is a profession of fact and objectivity
training of safety measures. Could it have been avoided? proper inspection of cement
decision on the negative pressure test
swift crisis management from rig crew and mudloggers
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